Grab your paddle

The Olympics are over, but there’s still time to grab a canoe and try your hand at the slalom. The Old Cullowhee Canoe Slalom is a family-friendly competition for amateur paddlers. A calm section of the Tuckaseigee River will be filled with canoers of all levels as they navigate nine challenging, yet fun gates on Saturday, Sept. 8 starting at 9 a.m.

There are a slew of categories to choose from, including single and double open canoes, decked double canoes, parent and child teams, stand-up paddle boards and more. Open canoes, life jackets and paddles are available for anyone who doesn’t have their own equipment. An awards ceremony and raffle will celebrate all the paddlers who make their way down the river.

If you want to brush up on your paddling skills, there will be an open practice session on Friday, Sept. 7 from 1-7 p.m. Advance registration is requested and an entry fee of $5 will support a proposed river park in Cullowhee.

To find out more and to register email or call 227-3633.

Todd Murdock, director of the Project Discovery-Talent Search Program at Western Carolina University, paddles with son Griffin in the C2 (decked double canoe) category.


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